The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia researchers have published a paper finding that exercise should be prescribed to cancer patients. Exercise should be prescribed routinely along with the typical chemo, radiation treatments. The paper concludes that not doing so can be harmful to patients battling cancer.
The “Exercise Pill”
The Guardian reports that exercise should be prescribed as routine part of cancer patients’ treatment plans. They quote the lead author of the paper, Professor Prue Cormie from the Australian Catholic University in an interviewed with The Conversation. “If the effects of exercise could be encapsulated in a pill, it would be prescribed to every cancer patient worldwide and viewed as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.”
You can watch Professor Cromie’s Ted Talk here.
You can read the COSA’s original report here.
In conclusion the researchers offer their recommendations for quantity and intensity of exercise programs cancer patients to consider.
-150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise weekly.
-Two to three resistance exercise (weights) each week involving moderate to vigorous exercises targeting the major muscle groups.